Qualcomm Announces 64-bit Snapdragon Processors

Qualcomm announced this morning their next-generation 64-bit processors for what they hope yields “the ultimate connected mobile computing experiences” with a ton of new features and capabilities…

Manjaro 0.8.9 Gets Its Third Update Pack with Newer Linux Kernels

Manjaro 0.8.9, a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and 100% compatible with Arch, has just received its third update pack.

Manjaro developers usually launch several update packs for the latest stable release of their distribution, bringing new packages and some new Linux kernels.

“I’m happy to announce our third update-pack for Manjaro 0.8.9. With this we updated to python 3.4. All python related packages got updated to work with thi… (read more)

Parsix GNU/Linux 6.0 Test 3 Is a Nice Distro Based on GNOME 3.10.3 and Debian Wheezy

Parsix GNU/Linux, a live and installation DVD based on Debian, aiming to provide a ready-to-use, easy-to-install desktop and laptop-optimized operating system, is now at version 6.0 Test 3 and is ready for testing.

The developers’ ultimate goal is to provide an easy-to-install desktop and laptop-optimized operating system based on Debian’s Wheezy branch and the latest stable release of GNOME desktop environment.

“A lot of updates have been made and all reported issues have been resolved. All… (read more)

Mesa 10.2 Planned For Late May / Early June Release

In continuing to stick to a three-month release cycle for Mesa releases, Mesa 10.2 should be released within the next two months…

Evernote Linux Client `NixNote` 2 Beta Available For Download

Five months after the last alpha, NixNote 2 beta is finally available for download. NixNote, previously known as Nevernote, is an unofficial Evernote client for Linux which was initially written in Java. NixNote 2 is a complete rewrite of NixNote in C++ using the Qt framework, having speed and a reduced memory footprint as the main goals. Java is still used for encrypting / decrypting text in NixNote 2, but it’s optional so you don’t have to install it if you don’t need this feature.Evernote is a note-taking service that supports saving text, full webpages, voice memos, video notes and more with a lot of useful features. There are official Evernote clients available for Windows, OS X, and mobile platforms but not for Linux.Here are the changes in the latest NixNote 2 beta since the last alpha:support for reminders;ability to capture images from a webcam;you can open a note for editing in a new window;if you enable uploads, linked notebooks will now be sent;support for encrypted text (RC2 only);you can pin or unpin notes;you can add HTML entities via a dialog box;basic support for note history (Evernote premium users only);you can now open/close notebooks;note title colors can be changed (not

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P2P File Sharing Software 5.3.0.1 Beta 15 Gets Better Torrent Tagging

Vuze 5.3.0.1 Beta 15, a BitTorrent client previously known as Azureus, which is built on Java, is now available for download and users can start testing it at once. Vuze is a relatively lightweight BitTorrent client that can be used to download torrents and even acts as a search engine. There are numerous P2P alternatives to Vuze, but this is one of the best clients available on Linux, despite the fact that it is based on Java. According to the changelog, initial tags have been added to the … (read more)

Weston Gains Support For Using The New XWayland DDX

Wayland’s reference compositor Weston now has support for using the new XWayland DDX support that was merged into the X.Org Server…

Canonical to End Ubuntu One Cloud Storage Service for Ubuntu Linux

Ubuntu One, Canonical's cloud file-syncing service for Ubuntu Linux, will soon be no more: A few days ago, Canonical CEO Jane Silber announced its discontinuation. And the platform seems to have more mourners than you might think for a Linux-friendly storage service that was not even open source.

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Turn Lubuntu into Windows XP with a Theme and No One Will Notice

One of the most suitable Linux distributions capable of providing a proper alternative to Windows XP is Lubuntu, and users can make it look a lot more like Windows XP with a little work. Lubuntu is based on LXDE, a very light desktop environment that probably has even lower hardware requirements than Windows XP. It’s a favorite for older systems and it’s the lightest distro in the Ubuntu family. Canonical is scheduled to launch Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) on April 17, which is just a litt… (read more)

Nouveau Picks Up Slightly Better OpenGL 4.0 Support

The open-source Nouveau NV50 and NVC0 Gallium3D drivers have advanced slightly in their conquest towards OpenGL 4.0 compliance…

Pipelight 0.2.6 Released With Experimental 64bit Support, 2 New Plugins

Pipelight is a wrapper for Windows NPAPI plugins such as Silverlight, Widevine or Flash (the Windows version) which allows you to use these plugins in native Linux web browsers and thus, use services that aren’t officially supported on Linux, such as Netflix (Silverlight), HBO Go (Widevine) and so on.Pipelight 0.2.6 was released yesterday and it brings changes such as:added the ViewRight plugin which is used by some VOD services as DRM player. In this release the Caiway version of this plugin (“viewright-caiway”) was added;added a new Vizzed RGR plugin which ships an emulator to play old games; 64bit support for the following Pipelight plugins: Flash and Unity 3D. According to the Pipelight changelog, the 64bit plugins tend to be more buggy than the 32bit versions but the Pipelight team is working on fixing them. For now, this is considered experimental;a work-around was added so it’s no longer needed to change the browser user agent to be able to use Silverlight in Linux browsers. This might not work in all cases though.The Pipelight 0.2.6 changelog also mentions that the Pipelight team is currently working on GPU decoding and they already have a working prototype which decodes mpeg2 on the GPU when

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Top Five Steam for Linux Best-Selling Games – April 1-7

The Steam for Linux platform is getting more games every week and players now have a very wide array of titles to choose from. We’ll take a look at the best-selling titles that are now available on Steam for Linux.

Before getting on with this top we need to mention the fact that, even if this is a top five, we are going to start with the game on the sixth place. This is due to the fact that the third and the first places are occupied by the same game and it all has to do with the way it’s bei… (read more)

Steam On Linux Use Reported At About 1.2%

Valve has updated their monthly statistics for operating system use and other system attributes via their Steam Hardware Survey…

Oracle Java Installer Conflicting With Apt Bug Fixed [Ubuntu 14.04]

Ubuntu 14.04: apt was updated recently and it broke the Oracle Java 6, 7 and 8 installers available in the WebUpd8 Java PPA. I updated the package this morning so the bug should be fixed.So if upgrading apt removed Oracle Java, you’ll now be able to install it back in Ubuntu 14.04. Make sure you run “sudo apt-get update” before trying to install it though! For how to install Oracle Java in Ubuntu, see:Install Oracle Java 7 in Ubuntu via PPA RepositoryInstall Oracle Java 8 In Ubuntu Via PPA RepositoryThanks to everyone who notified me about this issue and sorry for the delay!
Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

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DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 553

This week in DistroWatch Weekly:
Reviews: First Impressions of Slacko Puppy 5.7
News: New KDE packages coming to openSUSE, plans for DragonflyBSD’s next release, Ubuntu announces the end of their One service, an interview with a Gentoo developer, an interview with Slax’s lead developer and reported pop-up ad on….

Windows XP Dies Tomorrow, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Launches Next Week

Microsoft is finally pulling the plug on Windows XP tomorrow but, as it happens, Canonical is about to launch Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) in a little over a week, which seems to be very fortuitous. In Canonical’s defense, Ubuntu always launches new versions during the months of April and October, hence the names like 14.04 and 14.10, for example. Even so, the April launch is a little different than what we had until now because Canonical usually aimed at later dates in the course of the mo… (read more)

4MLinux 8.2 Beta Is a Mini OS That Is Almost Complete

4MLinux 8.2 Beta, a mini Linux distribution that is focused on the 4Ms of computing, Maintenance (system rescue Live CD), Multimedia (e.g., playing video DVDs), Miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and Mystery (Linux games), has been released and is ready for testing.

4MLinux is one of the smallest distributions in the world that still retain the ability to work as a normal desktop environment, integrating some of the newest applications available.

One thing is for sure, 4MLinux is not your … (read more)

Linux Kernel 3.13.9 Arrives with Better Driver Support and File System Improvements

The latest version of the stable Linux kernel 3.13.9 has been announced by Greg Kroah-Hartman, featuring a small number of driver and file system updates. The latest build of this kernel is not a major update, but the 3.13.x branch is still one of the most advanced versions available for users and Linux distributions. It’s already being used in a large number of operating systems and, if the updates keep coming, many others will adopt it. It’s very important to have a new Linux kernel becaus… (read more)

F2FS File-System Gains Large Directory Support, More Tuning

Samsung has made another feature-rich pull request for its Flash-Frienly File-System with new work that will be introduced in Linux 3.15…

Development Release: VectorLinux 7.1 RC1

Robert Lange has announced the first release candidate of VectorLinux Linux 7.1, a fast, light-weight Linux distribution that is designed to work well on older hardware: “The VectorLinux team is proud to announce the availability of the RC1 release of VectorLinux-7.1. We include Xfce4, the GIMP, Firefox, CUPS,….